Maximum pesticide limits for food products for human consumption (and animal feedingstuffs)
Core legislative framework: Regulation (EC) No 396/2005
Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 establishes in one single instrument the maximum quantities of pesticide residues permitted in products of animal or vegetable origin intended for human or animal consumption. These maximum residue levels (MRLs) include, on the one hand, MRLs which are specific to particular foodstuffs intended for human or animal consumption and, on the other, a general limit which applies where no specific MRL has been set. The objective is to ensure that pesticide residues in foodstuffs do not constitute an unacceptable risk for both consumer and animal health. Most recent amendments to this Regulation were entered by Regulation EU No 2017/625.